By Cassylee Mead
Edited by Nancy Waddell
When an ordinary day turns into disaster, who does the Red Cross call on? Volunteers. Volunteers like Bob Dolhanyk. Bob started as a volunteer 10 days before the Washington Landslide Event, then answered the call to respond to one of Washington’s largest natural disasters. Because of his prior work experience, Bob stepped up to the role of Assistant Director of Planning for the Red Cross response. Later, he took on the position of Long-term Recovery Manager for the landslide. Continue reading
by Colin Downey
When major disasters strike, the need to quickly move people and supplies – including technology – is critical. In the first days following the recent Louisiana floods, more than 1,000 Red Cross responders were on the ground helping out. Simultaneously, the Red Cross was ramping up large relief operations in California due to wildfires. Having access to the right technology hardware is a must in these situations, and partners like Microsoft help us deliver the mission when help is needed most. Last week, Microsoft generously donated 104 laptops to be used on Red Cross disaster relief operations like the California wildfires.
“This gift will impact our ability to quickly scale our technology needs in times of disaster and we are grateful for Microsoft’s support,” said Ronnie Strickland, Chief Information Officer of the American Red Cross. “Because of Microsoft, we will deploy needed equipment quickly to the scene of a large scale disaster allowing us to assist families in need.”
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
By Amy McCray
Edited by Nancy Waddell
Geological history recounts major earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest occurring every 240 years, scientists remind us. In such a scenario, we may have limited access to food and water supplies. Amy McCray, a chef with more than 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry, shares how to put together your earthquake preparedness kit with an emphasis on food. Continue reading